I painted a wood deck around my semi-inground pool. Over the years, the paint has begun to peel off. What should I do?
Syliva - Vancouver, British Colombia
Paint stripper is usually used to remove paint, but since decks are typically located by the pool and often near flowers, grass, and shrubs, this product isn’t recommended. Instead, give the deck a thorough scrub-down with a specially-formulated deck preparation cleaner. RONA offers an excellent biodegradable wood cleaner.
After the deck dries, fill in any nail or screw holes and give the entire deck a good sanding, which will remove any last traces of dirt and old paint. Once the sanding dust has been cleared away and the wood is completely dry, be sure to cover and tape off the areas you don’t want to paint.
Apply a coat of oil-based primer and allow it to dry for at least 48 hours. Next, apply two coats of an oil-based paint, allowing for sufficient drying time between each coat.
Keep in mind that paint isn’t your only option, as there are a number of oil-based stains, ranging from transparent to opaque, that can also give your deck a fresh new look!
[Main Photo via CDN Home Designing]